Penalty breaks Wicklow hearts

Im­prov­ing Car­low side up next

Bray People - - SPORT -

WICKLOW RFC 11 CLON­DALKIN RFC 13

A WICKLOW SIDE dec­i­mated by in­jury and sus­pen­sion wel­comed sec­ond placed Clon­dalkin to Ash­town lane on Sun­day af­ter­noon for a make or break game in the Le­in­ster league. Both sides needed a win in their at­tempt to se­cure sec­ond place in this com­pet­i­tive league.

Wicklow started well and were first to score with a well taken try from Fran Cooney who did well to crash over af­ter some good work by Ro­nan Mon­a­han and Liam Fen­ton. The con­ver­sion was missed but Wicklow lead 5-0.

Clon­dalkin hit back with a penalty to bring the scores to 5-3. Wicklow con­tin­ued to press and on the stroke of half­time were re­warded with a penalty which Ben Porter con­verted. This brought the score to 8-3 at the break. The Clon­dalkin num­ber 8 was then sin binned.

Early in the sec­ond half Wicklow con­ceded a penalty and Barry Hur­ley was sent for a rest on the side­line. The penalty was missed. Wicklow were strug­gling and both scrum and li­ne­out time with so many key play­ers miss­ing.

With 20 min­utes re­main­ing Clon­dalkin broke from a scrum and scored a dis­ap­point­ing try be­neath the posts. The sim­ple con­ver­sion made it 8-10 to Clon­dalkin.

Wicklow didn't panic and worked their way back up field where they forced the con­ces­sion of an­other penalty with 10 min­utes to go. Ben Porter struck it sweetly and Wicklow were back in front. 11-10.

Clon­dalkin con­tin­ued to pres­surise Wicklow who were really strug­gling to se­cure any pos­ses­sion at the set piece. Even­tu­ally a penalty was awarded on the touch line on the Wicklow 22.

The Clon­dalkin out half curled in a su­perb kick to break Wicklow hearts and take the lead 11-13.

There were two min­utes left on the clock but try as they might Wicklow couldn't get the break through.

The fi­nal whis­tle went and Clon­dalkin cel­e­brated. Wicklow lie in joint third with three games to go.

Wicklow travel away to Car­low next Sun­day to face an im­prov­ing Car­low side. The fol­low­ing week Wicklow travel to Sk­er­ries for the first round of the Pro­vin­cial Towns Cup

Team: Timmy O'Dono­van, Joe Duffy, Paddy Jame­son, Noel Greene, Liam Hughes, Barry Hur­ley, Liam Fen­ton, Ro­nan Mon­a­han, Dennis Hig­gins, Mark Hig­gins, Rus­sell An­drew, Ken Copeland, Fran Cooney, Ben Man­gan, Ben Porter. Subs: Simon Nor­ton, Stu Dono­hue, Ally Byrne, Barra Kuntz.

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